Technology Advances in Feasibility, Recruitment and Retention

Jan 8, 2016

Biopharmaceuticals are intensely focused on efficiency and time to market; however, the nature of clinical trials continues to present obstacles to attaining these goals. Today’s trials are still far too costly, and study cycle times remain too long to achieve a recoverable time to market. In response, many biopharmaceuticals are focused on reducing study cycle time by pinpointing the right countries, sites and patients. Paul Evans and Xavier Flinois at Parexel share their thoughts with the public on technology advances in feasibility, recruitment and retention. ...

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Rare Diseases: Ethical Considerations in the Clinical Development

Jan 8, 2016

The drugs used to treat rare diseases are called “orphan drugs”. There are limited numbers of patients available for enrolment in clinical trials, so it is difficult to ascertain the safety and effectiveness of the product being tested for use. It is important that the risk/ benefit ratio is carefully weighed, and that trials be designed to systematically observe patients and attempt to collect adequate data to demonstrate effectiveness, as well as to determine the optimal dosage. Balamuralidhara V. and his colleagues at JSS College of Pharmacy focus on rare diseases and their ethical considerations in clinical development. ...

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